NEW YORK — Magician Paul Weinberg’s hobby has blossomed into a little business. Weinberg originally taught himself to do origami when he was stuck in bed for a week with the flu. One of the first figures he learned to make was a Japanese crane.

“The crane is the Japanese symbol for good health, which is why I chose it,” Weinberg said. “And since then, it’s become one of my favorite motifs.”

The cranes, as well as other designs such as the ishibashi ball, the omega star and the modified teardrop, are made from colored and printed papers, treated with a special varnish and put on earring hooks. Though Weinberg has not yet offered the line to any retailers, he does sell the pieces, which range from $11 to $35, to personal clients.

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